Q: Dr. Eppley, I am wondering if I want to do Ulthera and laser hair removal laser at the same time in the same area? The area is my temples to my outer eyes or upper cheek bone. Is that dangerous?
A: While the energies used for Ulthera and laser hair removal is different, their effects are the same…heating up tissues under the skin. Given that both technologies generate considerable heat, I would not do the both during the same treatment as you risk creating a burn injury. There is no benefit in taking this risk for cosmetic enhancements. These two skin treatments should be spaced at least a week apart to avoid this skin damage risk. While they should not be done together, their effects are somewhat synergistic if they are not staged too far apart. The heat creation form both will help create a better skin tightening effect than if Ulthera was just done alone. It is also theoretically possible that the heat from Ulthera may help inhibit hair growth as well.
Dr. Barry Eppley